It’s Fall and Back to School

It’s Fall and Back to School

This week, I've created a short video of photos from school days in the past. You can watch "School Days" and other video shorts on my Vimeo page. While the majority of images in "School Days" are from the nation's picture library, aka The Library of Congress, some of the...

This week, I’ve created a short video of photos from school days in the past. You can watch “School Days” and other video shorts on my Vimeo page.

While the majority of images in “School Days” are from the nation’s picture library, aka The Library of Congress, some of the pictures are from my collection of photographs I’ve purchased.

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One of my favorites is this little girl and a woman in a dotted shirt that dates from around 1900. Without the caption, you’d immediately think this is a mom and her daughter. Not in this case. It’s a little girl and her teacher.

It’s evidence that this little girl attended some sort of school (of course this could be her piano teacher). When you’re researching your family it’s easy to overlook records relating to ancestral childhoods. School records are a great way to find out just where you got your talent in math or in my case, my poor handwriting <smile>. You can learn more about school records here and don’t forget to use the search box at the top right of the Family Tree Magazine site to search our archive of articles.

Got a mystery photo? Demystify it with help from Maureen A. Taylor’s book Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.

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